The teachers have known for some time now that this particular group of children love the language of music. The Tucker Room children are fascinated while listening to all genres of music, and many are enthusiastic singers and dancers. Since reading the book, Play, Mozart, Play, friends have been interested in talking about and listening to music at school. When Lucy brought in her symphony book the other day, friends were enthralled. Each day that Lucy has kindly shared this special book, friends have been taking turns pressing the buttons to hear various movements of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.
Today we reminded children that four friends put on a "music/dance" show in the theater yesterday. Teachers suggested that children perform another dance/music show on the outdoor "stage" during Backwards Day. A large group ran upstairs to collect musical instruments and quickly began practicing on the outdoor stage.
Alex - No one is allowed to watch the practice rounds.
Rose - But who will be the leader of the band?
Later, while making plans at morning meeting, Bruno exclaimed that he wanted to build a "disco" with a disco ball. Many children decided to join him. They built the dance club and requested music to dance to - of course the teachers selected ABBA!
Bruno - We're gonna put a disco ball on the blocks. (Alex placed new styrofoam all around.) Thank you, Alex.
Alex - You need you pay money for the Disco club. Can I be someone coming to the disco ball. I need to pay money.
Ellee - At a real disco, they make you take your shoes off.
They all dress up fancy.
Alex - No backpacks allowed in the disco. They're too big and take up too much space.
In the studio, we invited friends to look closely at some instruments and then draw them from life. Top left is a bongo drum by Willa; top right is a ukulele by Hadley; bottom left is a clarinet by Jay; bottom right is a tambourine by Cassius. Each child worked with a teacher to closely observe the shapes in each instrument, for instance the triangle in the clarinet's mouthpiece and the circle-shaped bells on the tambourine.